Bootle Festival of Ideas – Making & selling
As part of Sefton’s year as Borough of Culture we’re running the Festival of Ideas – to help YOU get new ideas off the ground
What do you make? Or have you always wanted to make? And where do you sell it? Is it online, or at a market?
Have you always wanted to bring makers together to support a network of people do-ing making and selling their own unique ideas? Where would you do it? What skills would you need to make it happen? And what makes your idea different? We’re looking for a raft of new ideas that local residents would like to try out. As part of Sefton’s year as Borough of Culture we’re running the Festival of Ideas – to help YOU get new ideas off the ground.
Nobody expected this from 2020. It’s been a year that’s thrown all of our assumptions up into the air; made us rethink what we do and why we do it, and shown the value of community, collective endeavour and local resilience. We’ve had a chance to think about what works for us and the plac-es we live in. How can we help #BuildBackBetter and create real and lasting change in Bootle?
Bootle has a great tradition of making and mending, from the roads snaking around the docks to modern, high tech innovation; from box room inventors to back shed artists; from the Strand to the indoor market and independent shops. We’ve seen all sorts made here, from metal ropes to jam and marmalade. Hartley’s jam factory was founded in Bootle and now – believe it or not – robots are made right here in Sefton. So what’s next? We want to hear your ideas.Come along to one of our events and share your idea to bid for support from a funding pot of £6,000, which will help take your idea to the next stage of development.
Join us on Thursday September 17 from 6-7.30pm to talk about making and selling.
The session will be lead by Katherine Caldwell, artist and Managing Director of The Nest Giftshop, Liverpool
Bootle Festival of Ideas is part of the Borough of Culture (BoC) programme.
The title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities on a rotating, annual basis, and we’ve taken over from Wirral, 2019’s Borough of Culture.
The focus of Sefton’s programme is on stories – about us, by us, and for us… all of us – revolving around the theme of ‘Myths and Realities’. So join us and tell your story, share your idea and see what we can help you make a reality at this spring’s Festival of Ideas.
Bootle Festival of Ideas is produced by Make CIC, a North Liverpool-based community organisa-tion, and Kindred, which supports the region’s socially-trading businesses. Make supports artists, makers and small businesses with studio space, workshop facilities and guidance so that people can live happy, healthy and prosperous lives.